If you’ve ever complained about internet access over the years, you’re not alone. A new report from the Open Technology Institute, which is part of the progressive think-tank the New America Foundation, suggests that the U.S. is, at best, in the middle of the pack when it comes to speed and cost of internet service. Beginning in the 2000s, the FCC deregulated broadband internet companies, hoping it would lead to increased competition. Now, internet options for most Americans are fairly sparse, especially compared to places in Europe and Asia.
We’ll hear about the findings of the paper, how we got here, and what the future may hold for internet service in the U.S.
- Sarah Morris: Senior policy counsel for the Open Technology Institute
- Christopher Mitchell: Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self Reliance
- Sam Sanders: Community Technical Liason for Fibersphere